by Lee Draper
Fabulous. I attended all the plenaries at the Council on Foundations annual conference, and there was not a one that was not provocative, spirited, and engaging. Wonderful experimentation with the format. We loved the TED Talks-style offering of three dynamic challenges to our assumptions at the onset. And we laughed and reflected on the powerful arguments of the mock Philanthropy on Trial that closed the conference. In between we soared with Jim Joseph’s vision and call to the core challenges of our day, and we ran the gamut of emotions at Arianna Huffington’s embrace of mind and body, innovation and reflection, plug in and give room to unplug.
Many thanks to the organizers of the conference for these capstones for the annual conference. Take note, Los Angeles. We look forward to 2012 and the California twist on experimentation, inspiration, and candor.